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Cavalier Tower

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Type  Tower
Open to the public  No
Materials  Limestone
Material  Limestone
Owner  Private
Condition  Intact
Year built  1605
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Built by  Unknown, possibly Order of Saint John

Cavalier Tower (Maltese: Torri tal-Kavalier), also known as Qrendi Tower (Maltese: Torri tal-Qrendi) or Captain's Tower (Maltese: Torri tal-Kaptan), is a tower in the town of Qrendi, Malta. It was built in the late medieval or early Hospitaller period, and it is one of the oldest surviving towers in Malta.

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History

No records exist on the date of construction of Cavalier Tower. It was possibly built in the late medieval period, when Malta was still part of the Kingdom of Sicily. If this is correct, it would be the only surviving medieval tower in Malta, apart from the ruins of a circular tower in Xlendi. Other historians believe that the tower was built in the 16th or 17th centuries by the Order of Saint John. It is situated near a 16th-century property, built in 1585.

Cavalier Tower was named as such since it housed a Captain (Maltese: Kaptan Kavallier) of the Order.

The tower has an octagonal plan, and it is the only one in Malta with such a design. It is three stories high, and it has cordons between each floor. A number of box machicolations supported on corbels are located at the crest of its parapet. The tower's main entrance is located in an adjacent medieval residence, which was originally a mill room or a chapel.

The tower is surrounded by a cluster of contemporary buildings and courtyards, which have been called "one of the most interesting examples of architectural development" in Malta.

The tower was included on the Antiquities List of 1925.

Present day

Today, Cavalier Tower is in good condition. It is privately owned and is not open to the public.

References

Cavalier Tower Wikipedia


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